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Point Lobos State Reserve

 Point Lobos from Jacks Peak

Point Lobos State Reserve, often called simply “Point Lobos“, has also been called “the crown jewel of the State Park System”. The landscape artist Francis McComas called Point Lobos, “The Greatest Meeting of Land and Water in the World”. The park derives its name from the off-shore rocks at Punto de los Lobos Marinos (Point of the Sea Wolves), from which the sounds of sea lions travel shoreward. Point Lobos is outstanding for sightseeing, painting, photography, SCUBA diving, nature study, picnicking and jogging. Only seeing-eye, service, or signal dogs are permitted in the Reserve. No pets are permitted. A number of recreational activities that are not compatible with the purpose of the Reserve are prohibited.

The entrance to Point Lobos State Reserve is 3 miles south of Carmel (home of Mission San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo, in which Father Junípero Serra is interred) on Highway 1. SCUBA diving is permitted only at Whalers and Bluefish Coves, and proof of certification is required. Diving is the only way to see the half of the Reserve that is underwater. Point Lobos is one of the richest marine underwater habitats in California, and wildlife includes seals, sea lions, sea otters, and gray whales migrating from December to May. The area used to be the home of a turn-of-the-century (19th to 20th) :-) whaling and abalone operation.

Some of the many places to see at Point Lobos include South PointThe Devil’s Cauldron, and China Cove. In addition, the wildlife and plant life are diverse and outstanding.

-Bill at Cheshire Cat Photo™

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